The Hydraulophone Uses Fluids to Make Music

By: lauren festa - Dec 7, 2009
References: funtain
The hydraulophone water instrument is probably one of the most innovative, if not coolest, instruments I’ve seen or heard in a long time. It's a tonal acoustic instrument that is played by having direct physical contact with hydraulic fluid, usually water. A sound or ‘tone’ is produced by the water. It makes for a beautiful but wet symphonic experience.

Invented by the quirky and brilliant Steve Mann, his hydraulophone water instrument works on the same principles as a piano or wind instrument. It comes in a variety of colours and shapes, like blue caterpillars and pink whales! See, or check out the studio on Dundas St. W, across from the Art Gallery of Ontario. (in Toronto.)